How long can the average person hold their breath for?
Marius Niescior
June 3, 2019

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How long can the average person hold their breath for?

How long can the average person hold their breath?


Most people can hold their breath approximately 30 seconds up to 2 minutes if you are in excellent health. It also has nothing to do about how much oxygen is in your lungs, your body has plenty but, did you know you can train yourself to hold your breath for much longer than 2 minutes?

You probably asking yourself why you would even need to. You may be sportsman and want to increase your performance. Maybe you just want to do it for the health benifits.

We recently had Stig Severinsen diving with Great White Sharks at Sharklady Adventures and I learned that he is a freediver and also holds 4 world records and multiple Guiness records. So how does he do it? Breathing exercises.


5 Benifits of breathing exercises

Exercising deep breathing has many healthy benifits and here are just 5 of the main reasons why you should consider exercising deep breathing.


1. Weight loss

Did you know that by doing deep breathing exercises regularly you can actually teach your body to start burning fat instead of storing it in your body? Deep breathing draws more oxygen in to our lungs, which in turn delivers more oxygen to our heart. This increases our cardiovascular capacity and the amount of oxygen that is delivered to our cells. Much like in aerobic exercise, deep breathing keeps our cells in an aerobic state encourages the burning of fat rather than energy stores of glycogen.

2. Detoxify your body

Unlike the heart, the lymphatic system does not have its own built-in pump. Our lymphatic system is responsible for flushing out toxins and carrying away waste from our immune system. In order to keep the toxins moving, it relies on breathing and bodily movement to detoxify.

 3. Stress relief

We all experience stress in our lives, either from work or in your personal lives. The parasympathetic nervous system is what controls our fight or flight response. Deep breathing triggers our parasympathetic nervous system, neutralizes stress and elicits a calming feeling.

4. Pain relief

Have you noticed that when you experience pain that you always tend to hold your breath? The best way to fight pain is actually by breathing through the pain. By taking deep breaths we oxygenate the blood, which causes our brain to release endorphins. It is these endorphins that help reduce stress in the body and decrease levels of pain.

5. Mental health

When we are experiencing an emotional reaction, slow deep breaths trigger the release of endorphins, producing a calming effect. Taking a deep breath helps us re-center and brings us back to the present moment.

Who knew that simple breathing techniques holds the key to a whole lot of benifits. If you are interrested in learning more I recommend that you check out Stig Severinsen’s Breathology exercises.


  1. Balu Holikeri

    my son is just 6 years old and he hold his breathing up to 30 seconds.

  2. ditto

    awesome advice. thanks

  3. Jack

    Hey Balu Holikeri I bet your son is a great athlete holy cow! He must be so advanced jeez I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m looking at a future Olympian right now! Wow!

  4. Deborah

    I want to do these exercises but I cannot fill my lungs and hold for more than 4 seconds. It feels like I will pass out. What could be the problem? Thanks!

  5. Ahmad

    Its sympathetic which produces fight or flight response

  6. Kashif

    I try to hold breath and i gain maximum 40 sec. Is it normal?

  7. Binay k. Yadav

    Today i have stopped my breathing for 3minutes11seconds.

  8. Md Shahadat Hossain

    I can hold 45 secs. If, I try to hold it for more time, say, 1/1.5 minutes or more, will it be harmful for me? Or should I try as much as possible? Is there any upper limit after which it may harmful for the body.

  9. Jayda Carlson

    I held my breath for two minutes today. It’s my personal best

  10. Karena

    Try “holding” your breath on a complete EXHALE…not an inhale. Take a few very deep breaths in and out first a nd then Hold. You may be surprised to see you can do better.

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